LITTLE FALLS -- University of Minnesota Extension Master Naturalist Program, in partnership with the Minnesota National Guard, invites area residents to participate in National Public Lands Day 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 28 at Camp Ripley in Little Falls.

National Public Lands Day is the largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Since 2012, the Minnesota Master Naturalist Program has facilitated this effort at sites across the state. More than 1,000 volunteers have removed invasive species, planted pollinator gardens, protected newly planted trees, among other projects for more than 5,000 service hours to date. This year, the Master Naturalist Program encourages residents to join this growing tradition of stewardship through service at one of 19 locations in Minnesota.

Volunteers are encouraged to register before Sept. 7 to receive a Master Naturalist NPLD 2019 T-shirt. Registration officially closes on Sept. 18.

To find the National Public Lands Day site nearest you, go to For a map of locations, visit

Volunteers at Camp Ripley will help cut and remove invasive species on the installation. A government issued photo ID is required for entrance to Camp Ripley. Camp Ripley is located at 15000 Highway 115, Little Falls.

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